ISLAMABAD – The electricity has been partially restored in major metropolises Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, and Peshawar, around 15 hours after the South Asian nation suffered a huge power cut.
The authorities started restoring power late Monday after a grid fault triggered the worst power outage in recent times, which even prompted action from top political leaders. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the power breakdown in the country.
Initial reports suggest that the huge outage comes in wake of a malfunction in the transmission line and the power plants which affects the power frequency, forcing several power plants to shut.
Current situation in different cities
Reports in local media suggest that LESCO resumed electricity supply to NTD 220KV stations, while 132KV grid stations will be resumed phase-wise.
In the country’s federal capital Islamabad, the process to restore electricity is underway with at least 90 feeders operating normally.
In the Southern Punjab city of Multan, the power has been resumed at 132KV Jampur, DG Khan 1, Dajal Pur, and Sanjar Pur grid stations.
In Balochistan, the Quetta Electric Supply Company announced the restoration of the 220KV line in Sibbi, saying the provincial capital Quetta would be provided electricity through a 132KV transmission line.
Several other cities in the country’s southwestern region including Mach, Dera Murad Jamali, Bhag, Jhal Magsi, Sui, and Sohbat Purare are also being supplied electricity.
PM Shehbaz forms high-level committee to probe
In a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, the premier has constituted a committee comprising senior officials for probe, while the premier also sought a report from Energy Minister.
The incident attracts high-level inquiry as the recent power outage in the country left nearly 220 million people without electricity for the whole day. Lamenting the situation, the PM directed officials to find the reason behind such a massive electricity breakdown.
Earlier in the day, Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir, who blamed voltage surge for the huge outage, took to social media, announcing the restoration of electricity supply in parts of the country including the federal capital Islamabad.
Dastagir earlier held a Khan presser, and remained active on social media all day, assuring citizens that electricity will be fully restored before the deadline.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||330.48||331.18|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||33.72||34.07|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||171.35||173.35|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Karachi||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Islamabad||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Peshawar||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Quetta||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Sialkot||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Attock||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Gujranwala||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Jehlum||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Multan||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Gujrat||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Nawabshah||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Chakwal||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Hyderabad||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Nowshehra||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Sargodha||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Faisalabad||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|
|Mirpur||PKR 202,000||PKR 2,390|